The Foundation established the International Academy for Leadership (IAF) as a forum and venue for international political dialogue, first in Sintra (Portugal), in the early 1990s, and later on in Gummersbach (Germany), at the Theodor Heuss Academy, in 1995. Here, Participants from all over the world are able to find an opportunity to share political experiences, address cultural issues and jointly seek liberal solutions to current problems. The IAF organizes seminars and workshops both at the Theodor Heuss Academy (in Gummersbach) and at other German and European venues. The IAF events focus on the themes related to globalization and development, education, peace and conflict management, local government policies, civil society involvement, rule of law, private property, human and civil rights, bureaucracy reduction and deregulation.